Wrestlers finish even after Day 1
Three wins, three losses for Bulldogs at state
DENVER –he nerves were there for the Moffat County team on Day 1 of the Colorado State Wrestling Championships.
“I was definitely nervous,” first-time state wrestler junior Nick Navratil said. “I shouldn’t have been, but I guess it is state.”
The Bulldogs finished the first round 3-3. Coach Roman Gutierrez deemed it “about what we expected.”
Gutierrez expected 119-pound Jake Breslin, 145-pound Korey Kostur and 189-pound Navratil to win. They all won by pins.
Breslin, a junior, won his first state match ever, but it took him until halfway into the first period for his mind to stop racing against Sterling’s Paul Alva.
“I was thinking too much,” he said. “I just had to relax and wrestle.”
Breslin gave up a point for stalling at the start of the second period and trailed 0-1. Than Alva had to have a timeout for bleeding.
After the timeout, Breslin took over. He caught Alva in a Mills headlock and earned the five-point move. He then adjusted his hold into a Sanders cradle and earned the pin call with 31 seconds left in the second.
“I told myself that it was state and that I need to go my hardest,” he said. “Once I got the Mills, I loosened up.”
Kostur originally had Bran–don Cordova for his first match, but the wrestler from Widefield was scratched for Joel Nikolaus of Pine Creek.
“I knew he finished fifth in his region, so he probably wasn’t that good,” Kostur said. “He didn’t look very good, but sometimes the goofier guys are the better ones.”
Kostur’s first impression was right as he dominated Nikolaus and pinned him with 31 seconds left in the second period.
Navratil was shorter than Mullen’s Kevin Frank by four inches, and it took the Moffat County wrestler a minute to adjust.
“I had him in a bear hug, but he was too tall for me to throw him,” Navratil said “Once I got him to the mat, his height didn’t help him.”
Navratil pinned Frank with 31 seconds left in the first period.
Gutierrez liked what he saw from his two first-time winners.
“Nick and Jake went out and did what they had to do,” he said. “Anytime you get a pin in your first match, it’s a confidence-builder.
Of the six matches for the Bulldogs, the one Gutierrez was unsure about was the 112-pound match with Moffat junior Brice Boling and Broomfield’s Eric Mortensen.
Boling led, 4-1, after the first period, but Mortensen was the dominant wrestler in the second and third periods. Mortensen held on to win, 9-6.
“I don’t know if we ran out of gas or what,” Gutierrez said. “We were beating him on our feet, and then he took it to us.”
Sophomore Cory Vigil and senior Daniel Cramblett ran into the buzz saw known as the Alamosa Mean Moose. Vigil lost to Alamosa’s Jesse Meis,17-1, and Cramblett lost to Cody Yohn, 9-0.
“We knew those would be tough,” Gutierrez said. “Hope–fully tomorrow they can come back and get after it.”
After Day 1, Alamosa led the 4A tournament with 23.5 points. Moffat County was in eighth with 12 points. Class 4A’s second round starts at 1 p.m. today.
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